Downtown Covington, Kentucky has been my home now for over a year and a half. Just because I sometimes point out things that bother me doesn’t mean I don’t like the city. I want to make that clear before I start talking about another issue that’s bugging me.
Last week, I went for a long walk and during that walk I couldn’t help but notice all the cigarette butts on the sidewalks of Covington. I noticed this a few months ago too, but the problem is getting worse. Cigarette butts are everywhere.
I know the people who run our city say there is no money to pay those city workers who used to clean the sidewalks and get rid of the butts and the trash (Yes, trash. There’s a lot of that on the sidewalks too). Those city workers have been gone for many weeks now and Covington is worse-off because of it.
Do you think visitors coming to Covington for the first time are going to notice the sidewalks here? Of course. It sure doesn’t make a very good first impression. The city looks dirty.
Getting back to the cigarette butts and trying to think positive, if you’re a smoker but can’t afford cigarettes and don’t mind smoking “butts,” Covington is your kind of city. Just bend over and grab a few butts off the sidewalk.
That last paragraph is a joke. Please don’t send me hate mail about it.
Seriously, I think the City of Covington should reconsider and find some money and get back those city workers who cleaned the downtown sidewalks. Getting rid of these people was a bit penny wise and pound foolish.
(Image from borderstan.com)